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Maniacal (2003)

Video  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  22 December 2006 (Japan)
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After his sister goes out, a disturbed young man named Gilbert Gill tries to kill his father and mother. His father survives, and Gilbert is sent to a mental institution. On the day his ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brannon Gould ...
Perrine Moore ...
Heather Ashley Chase ...
D.J. Prutow (as Heather Ashley)
Jon Prutow ...
Lee Webb ...
Carl Darchuk ...
Garrett (as Carl Darchuck)
David Ortega ...
Carol Rose Carver ...
Deborah Huber ...
Officer Spiegel (as Michael Nyman)
Darlene Tygrett ...
Nurse #1
Nurse #2 (as Vida)
Beth Friedlaender ...
Patient #1
Otto Sturcke ...
Male Orderly
David Scalzetto ...
Video Store Clerk


After his sister goes out, a disturbed young man named Gilbert Gill tries to kill his father and mother. His father survives, and Gilbert is sent to a mental institution. On the day his father is scheduled to release him, Gilbert escapes and looks to finish what he started. Written by flatgorenerd97

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Deeply Dippy.
22 November 2008 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Looking uncannily like one of the Fairbrass brothers from camp 90s pop group Right Said Fred, bald psycho Gilbert Gill (Lee Webb) escapes from a mental institution in order to return home and finish the job he started several years earlier: murdering his family! But with his beautiful sister (Perrine Moore, who can't act but certainly knows how to scream) spending the night at a friend's house, how many innocent teens will be slaughtered before Gilbert finally gets to his sexy sibling?

As you can probably tell, originality is not something that this production can boast; neither can it claim to be stylish, slick, professional, well-edited or blessed with a talented cast. However, despite all of these drawbacks, Maniacal actually proves to be quite enjoyable thanks to a genuine sense of fun from everyone involved (who are obviously fans of the slasher genre), some gloriously bad gore, and, of course, plenty of welcome T&A. With these elements in place, it's easy to have a good time with this hokey slice of z-grade horror.

Director Joe Castro handles the film's special effects, but proves to be about as good at providing convincing gore as he is at coaxing credible performances from his actors: the kills in this film are undeniably messy (there are umpteen head-squishes, organ removal, and assorted other nastiness), but they also look incredibly fake (although not quite as fake as the tits on Brooke, the girl in the obligatory shower scene!).

Cheesy, cheap and cheerful, Maniacal offers nothing particularly new to the genre (although the killer's death by Drano was inventive), but at least it doesn't commit the sin of being boring; watch if you're in the mood for some silly low-budget nonsense.

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